In-Home Safety Check
Things you can do to
reduce your risk of falling
- Review the following questions carefully.
- For best results, correct the items you have checked
- Helpful hints to help you to reduce your risk of
falling are included.
- Always remember: Falls are preventable!
Do you have:
Repair broken or worn steps. Keep them free of
Repair or install handrails on stairs, if possible.
- Good lighting on stairs can reduce your chance of
falling. Add bright strips of tape to the edge of each stair where you do not step. They
can help you see the stairs better.
- Consider adding night lights where overhead lighting
- A night light in the bathroom can also make night
trips to the bathroom easier.
- Always keep a charged flashlight near your bed for
Do you have:
- They are a tripping hazard. If you do not wish to
remove them, they should be securely fastened with an adhesive, double-stick tape.
- Shoes, electrical cords, and magazines can be
hazardous in walkways. Always keep walkways clear.
used items out of reach?
- Put regularly used items on shelves within easy reach
between hip and eye level.
- If you must reach overhead, keep a stool handy.
- A long-handled grasper can be used to reach objects
that are on high shelves or on the floor.
Do You Have:
- Spills on the floor can be dangerous. It is best to
wipe up spills as soon as they happen.
- A slippery bathroom floor, bathtub or shower?
- Always use a non-skid bathtub / shower mat.
- If you bathe in a shower, consider installing a
non-skid shower chair and hand-held shower head so you can sit while bathing.
- Avoid pulling up on the sink to get up from the
toilet or bathtub. Bathroom sinks are generally not securely fastened to the wall or
floor, and are not intended to support your weight.
- Install grab bars or handrails in the shower, on
walls around the bathtub, and alongside the toilet, where necessary.
that is difficult to get in and out of?
- Try to sit on furniture with good back support that
you can get into and out of easily. Firm chairs with arm rests are easier to get out of.
Add pillows to the back of the chair so your feet can touch the floor.
A phone that
is not accessible?
- In case you trip and fall, help is only a phone call
away. Keep emergency numbers readily available.
Change the batteries in your smoke detectors when you change your clock for daylight
Please Note: This brochure does not
include all potential causes of falls. It is a starting point. Contact your doctor or
health care provider if you have further questions, or need help with making changes.
Please make copies of this brochure and
This brochure was developed by:
S.A.F.E. (Students Against Falls in the Elderly) , Roberta Newton,
Funded by HRSA/US Public Health Service Grant.
Roberta Newton, Ph.D.
Department of Physical Therapy
3307 North Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19140-5101
Voice: 215-707-4897 E-mail:
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